ABOUT THE PROGRAM
A bachelor of science in nursing program is offered in partnership with Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences in Quincy, Ill. Students work on general education courses and nursing prerequisite courses during the first year, then participate in nursing classes and clinical experiences at a variety of agencies, including Blessing Hospital, during the next three years. Blessing-Rieman has a state-of-the-art simulation center with nine life-size anatomical manikins with the same physical features of real humans such as breathing, blinking eyes, heart and lung sounds and giving birth to a baby. Blessing-Rieman has a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. Students participate in more than 700 hours of clinical experiences.
WHY SHOULD I MAJOR IN NURSING?
Studies show many states are facing a looming nursing shortage across all specialties, because an aging workforce is about to retire. Those shortages mean opportunities for qualified nurses. Nurses do more than give medicine and treat wounds. They care about their patients, helping them improve their lives and disease outcomes. It’s a profession of constant excitement and challenge.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Student-run Clubs: Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences Student Nursing Organization — Students participate in social activities and promote health care. The organization also coordinates trips to the National Student Nurses Association convention and the Student Nurses Association of Illinois convention.
Professional Experience: Students participate in clinical experiences at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois as well as other community agencies.
Summer Internships: Full-time, paid internships are available to students the summer after completion of their junior year.
Most graduates seek to obtain employment at hospitals, long-term care facilities, private practices or other health care settings. Our graduates have been accepted and graduated from professional schools such as medicine, pharmacy, veterinary, dentistry, PA, OT and other related graduate schools.
The average NCLEX exam score is 90 percent during the past five years.
The average job placement for graduates is 100 percent within six months of graduation.